Thursday, 19 February 2015

And so the BBC mission is fulfilled. The public has been informed, educated and entertained. Or has it just been narcotised and abused without realising it? – Tim Veater

And so the BBC mission is fulfilled. The public has been informed, educated and entertained. Or has it just been narcotised and abused without realising it? – Tim Veater

BBC 1 O’CLOCK NEWS 24.6.2014
Running Order:
Phone hacking trial – Andy Coulson found guilty Cameron apologises
Iraq – Isis invasion and US Vice President
Living wage – Arch Bishop Setenu criticism
NHS – Patient’s choice
Queen visits Crumlin Road Goal and set of Game of Thrones
Parents of journalist gaoled in Egypt – BBC protest Peter Greste 7 year prison sentence
Wimbledon
Weather
This is what the BBC thinks is important in the world. How can a cursory look at only seven events hope to properly inform the population about what is going on? Goes without saying that Israel’s attack on Syria doesn’t even get a mention.
So what is the sub-text to these stories? First it is essentially domestic as one might expect and therefore insular. Only three foreign counties feature – the US, Iraq and Iran – reinforcing existing stereotypes of the benevolent peace seeking West and the chaotic, violent Muslims. (As usual South American, African and Asian continents totally ignored and particularly now England has been ejected from the football World Cup). Despite military aggression usually getting a mention, complete absence of the potentially highly dangerous Israeli attack on Syria or the significant fact that the latter has complied with the requirement to remove its chemical arsenal. Nor is the background to the ISIS invasion explained in any way. (Shrug of the shoulders and move on swiftly)
The verdict in the Brooks/Coulson/News of the World gets prime treatment. Personality focused on these individuals and organisations and as they relate to the Prime Minister. The salacious connotations never far from the surface. In objective terms an overblown story that carries the ironic sub-text of a disreputable press with no mention the part the BBC has played in this. It tends to pander to those who want to limit the press’ ability to reveal what is actually going on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile this is contrasted with the story of three journalists unjustly gaoled in Egypt. Now the West is anti-Muslim fundamentalist, we can be in favour of right-wing dictatorship apparently. The personal distress to the Australian family is reported whilst virtually ignoring the other two or the many hundreds of other victims of a totally corrupt Egyptian system that systematically tortures, incarcerates and executes on a whim those that disagree. The message we get is that this is perhaps a slight injustice in an otherwise stable agreeable country now that order has been restored by the military. The clip from the Egyptian President (What a nice man?) sends the message this is someone concerned with the intricacies of justice and the “Separation of Powers”. Oh really?
In the economic arena a lightweight story focusing on the black Arch-Bishop Sentenu and the “living wage” with no analysis how this might be achieved or how the situation of an increasing gulf between rich and poor has been arrived at. Similarly a superficial look at the National Health Service that is instantly forgettable, although that might be more down to my amnesia.
The “happy stories” to leave the viewer in a good mood is the smiling, ever photogenic Monarch touring the Crumlin Road Gaol, to the cheers of the crowds and the approbation of a reformed terrorist, followed by sunshine and fit attractive bodies at Wimbledon. Even the weather is sunny and warm to paint the reassuring picture that all is well in the country and world whether it is or isn’t.
And so the BBC mission is fulfilled. The public has been informed, educated and entertained. Or has it just been narcotised and abused without realising it?

“This is what the BBC thinks is important in the world. – Goes without saying that Israel’s attack on Syria doesn’t even get a mention. – Tim Veater

BBC 1 O’CLOCK NEWS 24.6.2014
Running Order:
Phone hacking trial – Andy Coulson found guilty Cameron apologises
Iraq – Isis invasion and US Vice President
Living wage – Arch Bishop Setenu criticism
NHS – Patient’s choice
Queen visits Crumlin Road Goal and set of Game of Thrones
Parents of journalist gaoled in Egypt – BBC protest Peter Greste 7 year prison sentence
Wimbledon
Weather
This is what the BBC thinks is important in the world. How can a cursory look at only seven events hope to properly inform the population about what is going on? Goes without saying that Israel’s attack on Syria doesn’t even get a mention.
So what is the sub-text to these stories? First it is essentially domestic as one might expect and therefore insular. Only three foreign counties feature – the US, Iraq and Iran – reinforcing existing stereotypes of the benevolent peace seeking West and the chaotic, violent Muslims. (As usual South American, African and Asian continents totally ignored and particularly now England has been ejected from the football World Cup). Despite military aggression usually getting a mention, complete absence of the potentially highly dangerous Israeli attack on Syria or the significant fact that the latter has complied with the requirement to remove its chemical arsenal. Nor is the background to the ISIS invasion explained in any way. (Shrug of the shoulders and move on swiftly)
The verdict in the Brooks/Coulson/News of the World gets prime treatment. Personality focused on these individuals and organisations and as they relate to the Prime Minister. The salacious connotations never far from the surface. In objective terms an overblown story that carries the ironic sub-text of a disreputable press with no mention the part the BBC has played in this. It tends to pander to those who want to limit the press’ ability to reveal what is actually going on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile this is contrasted with the story of three journalists unjustly gaoled in Egypt. Now the West is anti-Muslim fundamentalist, we can be in favour of right-wing dictatorship apparently. The personal distress to the Australian family is reported whilst virtually ignoring the other two or the many hundreds of other victims of a totally corrupt Egyptian system that systematically tortures, incarcerates and executes on a whim those that disagree. The message we get is that this is perhaps a slight injustice in an otherwise stable agreeable country now that order has been restored by the military. The clip from the Egyptian President (What a nice man?) sends the message this is someone concerned with the intricacies of justice and the “Separation of Powers”. Oh really?
In the economic arena a lightweight story focusing on the black Arch-Bishop Sentenu and the “living wage” with no analysis how this might be achieved or how the situation of an increasing gulf between rich and poor has been arrived at. Similarly a superficial look at the National Health Service that is instantly forgettable, although that might be more down to my amnesia.
The “happy stories” to leave the viewer in a good mood is the smiling, ever photogenic Monarch touring the Crumlin Road Gaol, to the cheers of the crowds and the approbation of a reformed terrorist, followed by sunshine and fit attractive bodies at Wimbledon. Even the weather is sunny and warm to paint the reassuring picture that all is well in the country and world whether it is or isn’t.
And so the BBC mission is fulfilled. The public has been informed, educated and entertained. Or has it just been narcotised and abused without realising it?
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